Everyone But The NCAA Knows Women Should Race The Same XC Distance As Men

2016 will mark the first cross country season ever in which high school girls in all 50 states will race the same distance as the boys. But, inexplicably, women will continue to run the 6K at the NCAA championships while the men race either the 10K or 8K.

North Dakota was the final holdout for moving prep girls up from 4K to 5K. Hilariously, Texas and Oklahoma let some girls run 5K--but not all. Smaller classes in those states ran 3,200 meters.

This massively overdue change happened quickly. According to Runner's World, nine states were running shorter races for girls as recently as 2013. But Wisconsin and Mississippi in 2014, and Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, and Minnesota in 2015 all switched to 5K. This now means Kansas and Mississippi are more progressive than the NCAA.

It also means that every level of distance running except for college cross country will have men and women racing the same distances. Men and women race the same distances on the track as high schoolers, collegians, and pros. They race the same distance on the roads. They race the same distance in high school cross country. And, as of 2017, men and women professionals at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships will both race the 10K.

At the NCAA championships, women race 6K in all three divisions. The men race 10K in Divisions I and II, and 8K in Division III. Other than small schools in Texas and Oklahoma, those are the only three championship races left where women have to race a different distance than men. It's obvious that, eventually, that will change; the only question is how long is the NCAA willing to be anachronistic and wrong?

If its past behavior is any guide, the answer is a very long time.

Yulimar Rojas Sets Indoor Triple Jump World Record In Madrid

Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas set the women’s indoor triple jump world record on Friday in Madrid with a 15.43m leap. With it, the 24-year-old eclipsed Tatyana Lebedeva’s 15.36m mark that had stood since 2004.

Ababel Yeshaneh, Not Brigid Kosgei, Sets Half Marathon World Record

What was expected to be a coronation of marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei as the half marathon queen instead turned into an introduction of a worthy counterpart as Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh stunned the Kenyan on Friday morning (Thursday night in the U.S.) at the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Half Marathon by setting a 64:31 world record.

The 10 Best Performances From The Weekend

Between more Mondo Duplantis' theatrics in Glasgow, a ridiculous road 5k world record in Monaco and plenty of excitement stateside, there was a lot to get excited about this past weekend in track and field.

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Don't Look Now... The NAU Lumberjacks Could Win NCAA Indoors

With just two weeks left to qualify for NCAAs a majority of the top-16 fields are coming into form on the distance side. The NAU men are currently slated to qualify ten entries across three distance events.

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Joshua Cheptegei Smashes Road 5k World Record In 12:51

A little over a month after Rhonex Kipruto took down Joshua Cheptegei’s road 10k world record, the Ugandan has answered back in a big way by running 12:51 on Sunday in Monaco to smash Kipruto’s 5k world record. Cheptegei cut a whopping 27 seconds off the 13:18 that the Kenyan ran on Jan. 12, a run that came en route to Kipruto’s 26:24 10k record.

Mondo Does It Again, Breaks Pole Vault World Record

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Mondo Duplantis is ushering in a new era of the pole vault, one centimeter at a time. Just a week removed from his world record clearance of 6.17m, the 20-year-old vaulted 6.18m at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow.

U.S. Indoor Women's Preview: Can Purrier Chase Down Houlihan?

The most interesting match-up of the indoor season materialized quickly. Last Saturday evening at the Millrose Games, Elinor Purrier dropped a stunning 4:16.85 mile to break the American record and dispatch a stacked field in a race that turned into a festival of personal bests and national records. It was a career-defining race for Purrier. A run fast enough to legitimately raise the question if she could beat America’s best mid-distance runner, Shelby Houlihan. This weekend at the US Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, Purrier will have two chances (the 3000m on Friday and the 1500m on Saturday) to pull it off. 

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2020 High School Track & Field State Championships Central

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Weekend Watch Guide: Simpson, Jones Chase Fast 5k At BU

One of the busiest weekends of the 2020 indoor track season is upon us, and FloTrack has you covered with several live events across the country. Boston will once again host some of the top professional and collegiate distance runners in the U.S., including Jenny Simpson, Dani Jones and Tyler Day.

U.S. Indoor Men's Preview: Coleman Debuts, Engels Battles Thompson, Murphy

The stakes for the 2020 USATF Indoor Championships were dramatically reduced in the wake of World Indoors being postponed due to the coronavirus. But prize money and bragging rights are incentive enough for the world’s fastest man and several top domestic distance runners this weekend in Albuquerque.

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